Hello! My name is Mathew and have just recently joined this amazing community. I found this community after searching more about Aviation and possibly careers. So here is a quick intro before I get into what my predicament is exactly.
I have loved aviation for over 2 years now. This past year I have seriously considered taking the path of becoming a pilot. I took an intro flight at my local airport and had a blast. I had a fairly good understanding of how everything worked and even though I didnt understand absolutely everything I still enjoyed the flight. I always find myself mesmerized by commercial aircraft and love it when I’m going on vacation, 50% because I can sit on the window seat and stare out the window all the time.
Now Here is my issue: I am very interested in becoming a pilot (I’m Canadian so I would be working in Canada ofc) and have looked at universities around me and found one that is a 4 year course that results in all licenses and a bachelor in Science. The problem is that I’m worried about the pilot life. I understand how “hard” it is but to be honest I worry Im just underestimating the life that comes with being a pilot. I have nobody around me to tell me what it is Actually like and most youtube videos show the glamour of flying only. Because of this I have looked into Air Traffic Control. I have also deeply enjoyed this path as I play many softwares and simulators like (Infinite Flight) that have ATC and I would say I am too interested in this field.
My Question: Should I go for becoming a pilot or take the “safe” way as an ATC where there is a better chance of family life, etc?